C B (Source: Google)
Wendy is a dentist who has become a friend. I don’t know how many people can say that about their dentist, but it’s worth thinking about. I arrived at Wendy’s office following a fair amount of trauma around dental care and she just kind of adopted me as a human. She has really kind, sincere eye contact. She shares stories of her life and listens well. She is both reassuring and direct. I know she always advises according to what is best for me — never in a million years even a possibility she’s going to tell you you need work you don’t. When I am at Wendy’s office, I am always glad to see her, on a personal level. And over the years I have become increasingly aware of how great she is mechanically. Like she just finds hacks. The space is too wide, too narrow, too whatever — she fixes it. She did this really tiny inlay for me — like, such a small piece. And I saw that she really likes that kind of artistic work. She placed it and replaced it in my mouth maybe ten times before it was perfect. When I‘m in pain, even if nothing is visible, she’s never dismissive and always takes what I’m feeling seriously. I was in today with a surprise catastrophe — one of my teeth just crumbled last night. First off, her office got me in next day. And this has consistently been my experience. When things go wrong, they get me in very quickly. Also, I was a wreck when I got there today. She explained everything, gave me a few options for care. And then injected me with Novocain *painlessly.* My hands were clenched waiting for pain that never came, because she injected so slowly that I was numb before she continued injecting. (Why don’t all dentists do this??!) I have a special needs child who has always been welcome in the office. Like when I needed care but couldn’t leave my child, Wendy put me at ease to bring my child with. She’s even sat and chatted with my child while I was getting a cleaning. (The techs in the office give great cleanings.) Now my child sees her as well. My child, too, had had really horrifying dental care early on. But she, too, really likes and trusts Wendy on a personal level. (And my kid is a great judge of character.) I feel like we both are getting over out dental PTSD as a result of having a caring, kind, gentle, extremely competent dentist in our corner. It seems to me as I sit in the waiting room waiting for my turn that Wendy is just as warm and wonderful with all her patients. I would recommend Wendy as a dentist to anyone who wants excellent dental care, period. I would also recommend her to anyone who has trepidation about dental care, anyone who has a child they want to have good early associations with dentistry, anyone who finds themselves with a dental emergency that needs the best care rapidly. I can’t really imagine the circumstance in which I’d recommend going elsewhere. Although it’s worth noting that there have been situations over the years in which Wendy herself has suggested specialist care and I trust her as source of honest referrals if one needs to be sent on to a periodontist/endodontist/etc. Did I mention the time my child needed an extraction and the tooth just wouldn’t come out — and Wendy stayed late *on her own birthday* to get it done without trauma? Yes, she actually did that. In short, Wendy Mayer is a very special human being and a superb dentist. And I wish to heck they were all like her.